October 31, 2009
Don't Rush Debate on Afghanistan
Micah Zenko, Christian Science Monitor
As the White House deliberates over what to do about the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, some politicians, military officials, and pundits have grown tired of the wait even though President Obama is expected to announce his decision in the coming weeks.
But many want an answer now. Critics of the president, like ex-Vice President Dick Cheney, contend that "signals of indecision out of Washington hurt our allies and embolden our adversaries." The Obama administration, however, has indicated that it believes an intensive and deliberate review is crucial to getting the strategy right.
Recent history indicates the White House is right. If Washington rushes its final decision, not only might it result in the wrong...
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